CARPENDALE – “We're happy that you are interested in what is going on in your town,” said Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert as he welcomed residents to the monthly council meeting.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – “We’re happy that you are interested in what is going on in your town,” said  Carpendale mayor Casey Lambert as he welcomed residents to the monthly council meeting.
He reminded residents of the upcoming fall event where they can meet their neighbor at a hot dog roast set for 5-8 p.m., Oct. 27.
Residents are urged to bring their chairs, blankets and coolers to enjoy an evening by the fire and pumpkin painting for the kids.
Carpendale will observe Trick or Treat from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 31, with treats at the town hall for children 12 and under. Residents wishing to participate in Trick or Treat are asked to turn their porch lights on.
A children’s party will be held following Trick or Treat at the Ridgeley VFW.
Plans are also underway for Christmas in conjunction with the Holy Cross United Methodist Church.
“I hope you appreciate what they are doing,” said Lambert of the activities committee.
Jodi Miller noted that a group of parents are also decorating for Frankfort Homecoming, saying that there are 16 athletes and 40 high school students living in Carpendale.
She said the group is also looking to recognize veterans for Veteran’s Day and is seeking the names of veterans and their branch of service.
Miller added that Carpendale now has a Facebook page where residents can learn about activities and other important information in town.
Those with information to post are urged to submit comments to the administrators.
January will bring the annual Mineral County Days in Charleston, with Lambert and council member Butch Armentrout planning to attend.
“We’ve been very successful going down there,” said Lambert.
One of the pushes during Mineral County Day in recent years has been the proposed bridge from Carpendale to Bowling Green.
Along with providing alternative access to Carpendale, which is critical for safety, the bridge would also remove truck traffic from downtown streets in Carpendale and Ridgley and provide economic development of the CSX property.
The council passed the third and final reading of the ordinance to change the zoning on the CSX property from light industrial to commercial.
“The purpose is to enhance the possibility of development over there,” said Armentrout, noting ongoing talks between the Mineral County Development Authority and CSX.
“They have chosen to take the lead on the bridge and the property,” Armentrout said adding that five businesses have expressed interest in developing the area.
Officials said they’ve never seen the cohesion they are seeing in Mineral County recognizing all the other areas of the county.
Another project for the town is the extension of the Rails to Trails project to the Blue Bridge in Ridgeley, tying into Canal Place.
“It’s going to take a long time, but it is progressing,” said Lambert, noting that the project will involve CSX, Ridgeley and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Carpendale recently completed its fall blacktopping with work on Park, Virginia, West Virginia and South streets.
Many other areas still need attention and Lambert told residents, “If we get enough money we will do more.”
The council’s November meeting is being moved from 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 to Nov. 13 due to Election Day.